Product Classification

In order to export products or goods, you need to obtain the products Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) and HTS code. The Importer/Exporter is responsible for the correct classification on their documents.

The ECCN is needed for Export Control reasons and the HTS for Custom and Free Trade reasons.

ECCN A key in determining whether an export license is knowing whether the item you are intending to export has a specific Export Control Classification Number (ECCN). The ECCN is an alpha-numeric code, e.g., 4A003 that describes a particular item or type of item.

Goods

Dual-use items are divided into ten categories:

  • Category 0 – Nuclear Materials, Facilities and Equipment
  • Category 1 – Special Materials and Related Equipment
  • Category 2 – Materials Processing
  • Category 3 – Electronics
  • Category 4 – Computers
  • Category 5 – Telecommunications and Information Security
  • Category 6 – Sensors and Lasers
  • Category 7 – Navigation and Avionics
  • Category 8 – Marine
  • Category 9 – Aerospace and Propulsion

and Five Product Groups:

  • A. Systems, Equipment and Components
  • B. Test, Inspection and Production Equipment
  • C. Material
  • D. Software
  • E. Technology

Software

  • Encryption
    • Symmetrical  Algorithms
    • Asymmetrical Algorithms
    • Hash Algorithm
  • EU or US

Hardware (Computer)

  • Performance (APP)
  • Encryption
  • EU or US

Examples,

4A003.c – Electronic assemblies specially designed or modified to be capable of enhancing performance by aggregation of processors so that the APP of the aggregation exceeds 0.75 WT.

5A002.a.2 – equipment designed or modified to perform cryptanalytic functions.

5D002.c.1 – only “software” having the characteristics, or performing or simulating the functions, of equipment specified in 5A002.a.2.

EU – Control list

US – Control List

HTS

Helps you find commodity codes to classify goods for export and import.

The first six digits are global.

Example,

8471 50 – Processing units other than those of subheading 8471 41 or 8471 49, whether or not containing in the same housing one or two of the following types of unit: storage units, input units, output units.

EU – Combined Nomenclature - Commission Regulation (EC) No 948/2009

US – Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States